Prosecutors to seek life sentence against SPU shooting suspect

SEATTLE - Prosecutors plan to seek a life sentence against the suspect in last week's deadly shooting at Seattle Pacific University, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Tuesday.

Satterberg called a late morning news conference to announce charges against the suspect, 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra of Mountlake Terrace.

The prosecutor said multiple felony charges are being filed against Ybarra, including a charge of first-degree murder for the death of Paul Lee of Portland, Ore.

Ybarra also will be charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault.

Satterberg said the standard sentencing range for those crimes, if Ybarra is convicted, would result in a prison term of 69 to 86 years. But Satterberg said he will seek a life sentence due to aggravating circumstances.

Ybarra was pepper-sprayed and wrestled to the floor by a student security monitor and held for police officers responding to Thursday's shooting.

Ybarra was held without bail and has been on suicide watch at King County Jail. His lawyer says he has a long history of mental problems.

Police say Ybarra had at least 50 additional shotgun rounds and told investigators he planned to kill as many people as possible and himself.


This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.